Madigan indictment underscores need for tougher ethics reforms

SPRINGFIELD –  State Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) issued a public statement in response to the March 2 announcement by federal officials of a 22-count indictment of former House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago on public corruption charges.

“Is it any surprise Illinoisans have such little faith in their state government leaders? One more case of one more former public official betraying the public trust,” Stewart said. “It is unfortunate that despite our best efforts, we had to wait and rely on the Feds to address the public corruption rampant in our state. While federal investigators did a tremendous job, Illinois officials should have the power to investigate and prosecute corruption in Illinois.”

In mid-January, Illinois Senate Republicans introduced tougher ethics reforms that will hold politicians more accountable and better equip officials to investigate public corruption. Senate Bill 3636 will improve transparency, strengthen existing ethics laws, add new ethics provisions, and give the judicial branch enhanced tools to effectively investigate and prosecute public officials who break the law.

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